Rising Stars Fall Showcase: TrackMan Files


Colin Chamblin
Manager, Deep South Operations

On October 15th the PBR Mississippi staff hosted the Rising Stars Fall Showcase at Trustmark Park in Pearl, MS, featuring many of the state’s top players inside the 2027-2028 classes. Inside today’s TrackMan Files, we’re highlighting the top performers from this event from the data and metrics from our TrackMan unit.

Earlier this week we published Quick Hits highlighting the top prospects of the event. We also rolled out a Statistical Leaderboard pointing out the top recorded stats by category.

Now we'll continue to roll out the data we gathered from this event, starting with the analytics we have at our disposal from our TrackMan unit. Below we'll look at which players had noteworthy batted ball and pitch metric data.

View all stats from the event HERE.

View event roster HERE.

 

MAX FASTBALL

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Brody Brown MS Madison Ridgeland Academy 2027 3B 78.0 mph
2 Tucker Rice MS Madison Central 2027 RHP 77.8 mph
3 Parker Orr MS Jackson Academy 2027 OF 74.5 mph

Max Fastball Velocity: This metric calculates the speed of the pitch as it’s released from the pitcher’s hand.

PEAK SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Tanner Walsworth MS Leake Academy 2027 1B 2149 rpm
2 Axton Westmoreland MS Hernando 2028 LHP 2115 rpm
3 Tucker Rice MS Madison Central 2027 RHP 2089 rpm

Spin Rate: This metric calculates the rate of spin on the baseball as it leaves the pitcher’s hand, measured in revolutions per minute (rpm). Historical data shows that high-spin fastballs lessen the impact of gravity, allowing for more ‘rise’ (or less fall, in other words) as it carries through the zone. Low-spin fastballs typically indicate the pitch has greater horizontal action, often making it tougher to square up, but generally easier to make contact with, leading to more ground balls, while high-spin fastballs show a correlation with swings and misses.

AVERAGE FASTBALL HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Colton Whitney MS Florence 2028 3B 17.2
2 Wynn Dunn MS Simpson Academy 2028 OF -16.1
3 Landon Johnson MS Hartfield Academy 2028 OF -14.6

AVERAGE SLIDER SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Preston Killebrew MS Indianola Academy 2027 SS 1954
2 Brody Brown MS Madison Ridgeland Academy 2027 3B 1852
3 Axton Westmoreland MS Hernando 2028 LHP 1672

AVERAGE CURVEBALL SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Kade Buchanan MS Madison Ridgeland Academy 2027 OF 2063 rpm
2 Parker Orr MS Jackson Academy 2027 OF 1859 rpm
3 Tanner Brannigan MS Tupelo 2027 1B 1776 rpm

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Kade Buchanan MS Madison Ridgeland Academy 2027 OF 16.0
2 Colton Whitney MS Florence 2028 3B 14.9
3 Wynn Dunn MS Simpson Academy 2028 OF -13.9

AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Daniel Hopper MS Grenada 2027 OF 80.7 mph
2 Wyatt McDaniels MS Mooreville 2027 C 78.8 mph
3 Tanner Walsworth MS Leake Academy 2027 1B 78.5 mph

Exit Speed: Also according to TrackMan’s own website: “The speed of the ball, measured in miles per hour, as it comes off the bat at the moment of contact.”

PEAK EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Tanner Walsworth MS Leake Academy 2027 1B 89.4 mph
2 Wyatt McDaniels MS Mooreville 2027 C 89.1 mph
3 Mason Ballard MS Tupelo middle 2027 C 84.8 mph
4 Daniel Hopper MS Grenada 2027 OF 84.3 mph
5 Landon Swinney MS Tupelo 2027 OF 83.7 mph

PEAK ESTIMATED BATTED DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Landon Swinney MS Tupelo 2027 OF 317 ft
2 Wyatt McDaniels MS Mooreville 2027 C 312 ft
3 Tucker Rice MS Madison Central 2027 RHP 286 ft
4 Mason Ballard MS Tupelo middle 2027 C 284 ft
5 Tanner Walsworth MS Leake Academy 2027 1B 283 ft

 

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SHOWCASE DATE LOCATION
AL/MS Border Battle (Invite-Only) 10/29 Northeast Mississippi CC (Booneville, MS)

 

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